POLLOK, TX (KTRE) - Two people were injured, one seriously, in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 69 North, near Central High School, Tuesday evening.
According to DPS Trooper Rodney Tucker, Willie Joe Regan, 86, of Lufkin, was traveling northbound in the left hand lane around 5:30 p.m. in a Grand Marquis, when he slowed down to make a U-turn. Ralph Myers, 75, who was traveling with his wife, Grace Myers, 73, both of Tomball, drove his silver SUV into the back of Regan and flipped over the car.
The couple were trapped in their vehicle for about 25 minutes. A helicopter transported Ralph Myers, who is in stable condition with lacerations to the head and a hand injury to a Tyler hospital. Grace Myers was taken by ambulance to a Lufkin hospital.
The accident follows a high-speed pursuit, where several Angelina County Sheriff's deputies were seen traveling down U.S. Highway 69 North looking for a specific truck believed to be connected to a shooting in Pollok.
Witness John McIntyre lives off Highway 69 North. He said he didn't see the accident, but he heard it.
"Well, first we was in the shop and we heard all the sirens going north 69, then we heard the sirens coming back on 69 and all of the sudden it just sounded like a big explosion...boom... boom," said McIntyre.
According to DPS, the accident and high-speed pursuit were unrelated.
Traffic was backed up on both sides of the highway for about 45 minutes.